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Classical Kids Music Lessons: Music and Color

Class Notes: Color In Music Classical MPR

Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson.

Target age range: Grades K-6 (see differentiation within the lesson)

1. Begin by watching the Class Notes Video: 'Color in Music - Germaine Tailleferre':

2. Review that word from the video: timbre (TAM-ber.) Remember that it means the unique or special sound that a thing makes. Another way to give a concrete example of its meaning: Imagine the sound of a flute. Now imagine the sound of a trumpet. They sound different, right? The unique, special sound each instrument makes is called its timbre. In fact, everything that makes sound has a timbre. Every person's voice has its own unique timbre.

3. For younger children, play and sing "Box of Sound" (this helps develop sound discrimination skills.)

• Create a box of sound -- any small, opaque box with a flap or lid on top will work. Fill four or more baggies of various items to be placed inside the box of sound. Some ideas:

--Uncooked pasta, rice, beans, or popcorn kernels
--Small plastic balls or superballs
--Single jingle bells
--Cotton balls or cotton swabs
--Paper clips

• Have the box prepped by emptying the contents of the first baggie into the box. Other baggies should be hidden from view but easily accessible. Explain: "This is my Box of Sound. I put different things inside, and when I shake it, it makes different sounds. You get to guess what's inside. Let's try it out."

• Use the following chant to play Box of Sound: "Box of sound, Box of sound, Shake it around. What have we found?"

• Identifying sound sources is a great way to begin to be able to discriminate between different timbres.

4. Find additional ideas, including ones for older children, in the Color in Music - Germaine Tailleferre curriculum.

5. Share your Box of Sound. If you share it on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #classical15 and you may see it appear on our Classical15 website!

Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.

More: View all of our daily Classical Kids Music Lessons

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